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No video call, come to police station, cops to Twitter MD in Loni assault case

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad police on Monday issued a second notice – in four days – to Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari asking him to record his statement in person in the connection with the investigation into the circulation of “unverified videos” of assault of a 72-year-old man on June 5.

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The fresh notice was sent in response to Twitter India MD Maheshwari’s offer to join the investigation through a video call, directs him to be present at the Loni border police station on Thursday (June 24).

“We received a plea from the MD of Twitter India in response to the notice that we had issued to him last week under Section 166 of the CrPC. Maheshwari expressed his desire to join the probe via video conference, which has been rejected,” SP (rural) Iraj Raja told media. “In the second notice, he has been asked to be present at the Loni border police station on June 24 at 10.30am,” added Raja.

The second notice has been issued under Section 41A of the CrPC while the first, on June 17, was sent under Section 166. To note, notice under section 41A is issued in cases where the arrest of a person is not required and against whom a reasonable complaint has been made or credible information has been received or a reasonable suspicion exists of a cognisable offence.

Monday’s notice read that despite Ghaziabad police putting out a tweet through its official handle apprising Twitter that the video in question in the assault case was “fake”, Twitter had failed to take action. It adds that in case the Twitter India MD fails to appear at Loni border police station at the specified time, it would be seen as “an attempt to obstruct the ongoing investigation”.

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An FIR was filed into the attack on Abdul Samad Saifi on June 7, but last week, police registered two more cases – one against Twitter, a news portal and six other individuals for sharing the video in which Samad alleged that the accused had offered him an auto ride, taken him to an isolated spot and beaten him up, forcing him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. However, police said the accused beat him up because he had sold them a ‘tabeez’ (amulet) that they believed did not work and another against a local SP functionary Ummed Pahalwan Idris for allegedly hosting a “provocative” Facebook live session with Samad by his side. Idris was arrested last Saturday.

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